Penn High School practices for active shooter - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Penn High School practices for active shooter

Posted:

You may have seen a lot of emergency vehicles near Penn High School earlier today.  Don't worry, there wasn't a "Real" emergency. They were all there for an active shooter training.  Local law enforcement, fire, EMS, and the school were preparing themselves for the worst.

Penn High School Student Patrick O'Malley participated in the training.  "I was an arm shot victim I was on the bench, had to duck off and fall on the ground," said O'Malley.  His sister also helped.  "I was on the stairs and the shooter came in and he got me in the head," said Bailey O'Malley.

Luckily these stories and the blood on siblings Patrick and Bailey O'Malley are fake.  But the training session still felt pretty real.  There were the sounds of gunshots, screams, and fake blood.  "We need to have this as real as it can possibly be," said Matt Blank with St. Joseph County Police.

Hundreds of people participated in the event that simulated a shooter coming into the high school.
Including local police, fire and EMS.  Blank said, "you can train you can practice but sometimes you actually have to put those things into action...that's what we're doing here today, we're testing ourselves. "

Superintendent Jerry Thacker said this training session has been in the works for months.  "Because of some of the tragic situations that occur in the U.S. we want to make sure that we're well prepared in the event we did have a crisis like an active shooter. "  And for good reason, to make sure they can protect the students.  "The most precious part of the community is really the children," said Thacker.

Students agree, in this day and age it's a scenario that needs to be practiced.  "I think it's a great idea, it's just like how we do fire drills here," said Patrick O'Malley.

Everyone just hopes it never becomes more than just a drill.

Honeywell Security Systems was also on hand for the event Saturday.  They were using a 25 camera system to record every angle of the training.  Then all involved could watch it to critique the response.
 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Quiet transition for Notre Dame track and Cross Country head coach

    Quiet transition for Notre Dame track and Cross Country head coach

    Photo Credit: University of Notre DamePhoto Credit: University of Notre Dame
    After coaching the Notre Dame Track and Cross Country teams for 26 seasons, Tim Connelly is no longer a coach for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler said that after Joe Piane retired, the new coach had the ability to hire a new staff. Heisler said Connelly was not part of that plan.More >>
    After coaching the Notre Dame Track and Cross Country teams for 26 seasons, Tim Connelly is no longer a coach for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler said that after Joe Piane retired, the new coach had the ability to hire a new staff. Heisler said Connelly was not part of that plan.
    More >>
  • Crews assessing damage after small structural collapse on Notre Dame campus

    Crews assessing damage after small structural collapse on Notre Dame campus

    Scene at Notre Dame power plantScene at Notre Dame power plant
    Crews are on scene at Notre Dame's campus power plant after a structural collapse.Notre Dame officials say the collapse took place in an interior portion of a cooling cell in the plant. No one was injured and there are no reports of service disruptions at this time. The collapse happened right after 12:15pm. Crews are currently assessing the damage.South Bend Fire Department was requested to provide assistance, but officials say there was no fire at the scene.More >>
    Crews are on scene at Notre Dame's campus power plant after a structural collapse.Notre Dame officials say the collapse took place in an interior portion of a cooling cell in the plant. No one was injured and there are no reports of service disruptions at this time. The collapse happened right after 12:15pm. Crews are currently assessing the damage.South Bend Fire Department was requested to provide assistance, but officials say there was no fire at the scene.More >>
  • Man electrocuted after hitting power pole in truck

    Man electrocuted after hitting power pole in truck

    Flint-area authorities say a man apparently was electrocuted when he came in contact with a downed wire after crashing into a power pole.More >>
    Flint-area authorities say a man apparently was electrocuted when he came in contact with a downed wire after crashing into a power pole.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.